The Problem Isn’t Obama, The Problem Is Statism


A powerful video, entitled “Conservatism is Calling.”

Via Powerline.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Jeff

    Hard to take conservatism serious when their last 3 presidential nominees have all been big gov’t politicians – Bush, McCain, and now Romney.

    Conservatism sounds great when they speak about it but they need to start practicing what they preach.

    • Thresherman

      However, politics is the art of what you can get instead of what you want. With the media in the tank for Obama like it is this year, the GOP candidate had to be squeaky clean (even then they accused him of tax evasion and being guilty in the death of a woman) and appeal to the moderate voter. I think that in order for conservatism to get a fair shake, there needs to be a stronger counter to the main stream media. When a group of people from all walks of life get together and peacably demonstrate for fiscal responsibility by the government and then they are labled with a sexual epithet and declared terrorists and extremists shows what the media would do to conservative with a real chance of going to the White House. When the media begins to once again be an observer and not a participant in politics, then a conservative has a chance.

      • Wayne

        Good comment T-man.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        What’s the excuse for none of your bagger candidates making it to the general election? It’s the media’s fault? Lord, you are delusional.

        How about the fact that your radical extremism is rejected by the majority of Americans?

        • Wayne

          Obama would not have been elected in the first place if the MSM would have done their job but they were too interested in dumpster diving in Alaska.

    • Rob

      That’s certainly a fair criticism of Republicans, though I’d point out that voting for R’s would still leave us with a smaller government than voting for D’s.

      Granted, it’s only a vote for growing government a bit more slowly, which is depressing.

      • Jeff

        Other than pres (Gary Johnson), I had R’s down the line of my ballot. I’m a conservative to the T, however, the people the GOP put forth to represent conservative values, to me, are still big gov’t liberals. It’s not their fault, a large majority of this country is dependent on the gov’t now. You can’t get elected promising to get back to conservative roots and limited gov’t while alienating that much of the voting population.

        • Wayne

          Thanks for throwing your vote away and giving Obama a better chance.

          • Jeff

            If we were in a battleground state I may have voted Romney. In North Dakota – we don’t have to worry about that. Therefore, I voted with a clear conscience.

    • sbark

      What was GW last level of deficit spending?……..2008…..some over 400 billion with the cost of 2 wars included………
      What was Obama 2010 2011 deficit levels?……….1.4 trillion and 1 trillion

      ……more than a degree of diff….and then add in the social issues.

      ……and that is without the GW requested Fannie and SS reforms, which moderates helped enable the Left to shoot down…..
      Moderates sit back and say everyone is a big spender……but then have a GOP politician even propose let alone implement actual cuts……and those same moderates enable (as in wife beater enable) the left to get away with basicially stateing the GOP wants to kill everyone except the Unborn child in the womb………
      The enablers need to realize what they are doing……..they are empowering the Left to run this country over a fiscal cliff……let alone a moral cliff jump started by Clinton

  • Neiman

    Do you really think Romney can change that direction in any significant way in four years, considering Reid and the Democrats have already promised stalemate, blocking his every program, taking into account the MS will fight him tooth and nail and considering that the people, even Republicans, will not tolerate much in the way of personal sacrifices?

    I will not vote for either man, for reasons often stated, I believe Romney will create more jobs and head us back towards prosperity and minimally cut our debt and spending; but, he is no messiah, he cannot succeed unless he is able to bring the people with him in Reagan, FDR, JFK ability to mold opinion and he does not yet seem to posses those skills.

    It is only money, we can print/borrow as much as we want – for a while longer.

    • brenarlo

      Romney is not different enough from the status quo to change the direction of statism in any meaningful way. In fact, he can only make it worse – though perhaps not quite as bad as Obama would make it.

      I hope YouTube keeps all of the Romney clips from the primary debates, because we’ll need them when Rand Paul runs against Romney in 2016!

      • Neiman

        What you Paulites have always failed to understand, and I do not doubt your sincerity or intelligence, but even if Paul was 100% right; it is that, any serious change like you and he envision demands the people are brought along, that they catch the same vision, that they agree to the drastic changes and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to make them possible. It further demands that the Democrats, some Republicans and the MSM remain silent and do not resist these changes in the interest of their own pocket books and power.

        That is where Ron Paul failed miserably. Yes, he had many devoted, loud mouthed, bullying worshippers, but most of America saw him as incredibly extreme, a dyspeptic, cranky old man that wanted on day one to dismantle government and allow millions to starve, if necessary, to turn the ship of state around. Now don’t argue with me for Paul, it will do no good, you know I am right as to how he was perceived by most Americans and the proof is that he could never get elected to anything outside his own district. He just did not have the personality and communication skills to create a vision the people could embrace, being exactly the opposite, frightening the hell out of most people.

        • brenarlo

          Obviously, the American people aren’t ready for the reforms promoted by Ron Paul. His own party isn’t even ready for them. But if he were elected President – something I never thought he’d be elected to be – that assumes that the American people would’ve bought his vision.

          Yes, he was an imperfect messenger, but the message – in my opinion – is perfect. We don’t need to debate about that.

          Other than that, I’m not sure what exactly you’re trying to say.

          • Neiman

            You brought up Ran Paul and I was explaining why, even if he was 100% right and I do not agree with much of his message, he could never get elected President. Plus, showing how almost impossible it is to change the course of events leading us to third world status. We are not even in the top 10 of most prosperous countries anymore.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Only a douchebag like Mark Levin or Rob could promote an ad putting Breitfart next to Reagan.

    What a joke.

  • sbark

    Its alot worse than Stateism……….this from Obama puppet master Valerie Jarrett.

    ” Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready
    because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who
    opposed us will get what they deserve.” ??? What exactly did you mean
    Valerie? I think I’m on the right track. How about when she said: “Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.” Is
    Valerie alluding to the fact that when Obama wins this election, the United
    States will have been “fundamentally transformed” from a Democratic Republic
    into an Obama/Jarrett Dictatorship, or will that be the Jarrett/Obama

  • LastBestHope

    “Maybe that’s what the coming Romney moment is about: independents, conservatives, Republicans, even some Democrats, thinking: We can turn it around, we can work together, we can right this thing, and he can help.”